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Older 2D films being converted into 3D for theatrical re-release is a new Hollywood trend that’s starting to pick up steam. Disney has been leading the charge so far with the first two Toy Story films, the recent Lion King release, and soon Finding Nemo. The Star Wars franchise begins its slate of six 3D reissues next month with the Phantom Menace. James Cameron has also been hard at work on Avatarizing his blockbuster Titanic film, set for release this year.
The following films have lots of potential for the 3D treatment, based on their overall visuals. In no particular order:
1. The Fifth Element (1997). Going beyond the famous Taxi cab chase scene from the film’s first act, there is plenty of shots that lend themselves to the 3D format. Plenty of people pointing weapons at the camera, in-your-face action, and not much shakiness that is the norm now. If you watch this film, it’s almost like the Director wanted it to be immersive – lots of medium shots and tight close-ups (especially in Dallas’ apartment). It’s almost as if this film was shot with 3D in mind.
2. The Incredibles (2004). With Disney already converting three Pixar films into 3D, the Incredibles is the most likely on this list to get the 3D treatment. Dash’s chase scene in the third act would shine, but there are plenty of other shots that are at home in 3D. The family falling from the plane explosion, Mr. Incredible jumping over the waterfall, the entire opening sequence, and so on.
3. King Kong (2005). This film should be like Tron Legacy. Everything in 2D until they reach Skull Island. All the dinosaurs and creepy bugs turn this period piece into a sort of thrill ride. Who doesn’t want to see a giant gorilla swat planes out of the sky in 3D?
4. The Matrix (1999). The strongest of the Matrix trilogy by far, it has plenty of set pieces and effects that are begging for the 3D treatment. The lobby shootout and bullet-time sequences would be worth the cost of admission. You probably could retrofit the sequels in 3D too, but those might be ignored by audiences. Speaking of which…
5. Independence Day (1996). Laugh all you want, but this is a film that looks great in HD, and I think it would benefit from 3D release – especially in IMAX. I recall seeing a making-of FX film in IMAX (Which featured a peek at the Star Wars Special Editions) way back when. ID4 was showcased, and it was awesome to watch the White House getting destroyed on a 4-story screen. A 3D coat of paint for IMAX would make those giant spaceships a sight. UPDATE (June 1st 2012): Now this film will also be getting a 3D re-release.
6. Jurassic Park (1993). Another 3D release that would be a hit in IMAX (heck, just a regular IMAX re-release would suffice). Looking up at the Brontosaurus munching on a tree, or being chased by a T-Rex in 3D would drive people to theaters. I suspect this film would have a successful re-release, much like Star Wars or the Lion King, just because of how good it is by default. It appeals to fans old and new. UPDATE: Universal announced this film will be re-released in 3D for summer 2013 – the 20th Anniversary. Yay!
7. Spider-Man Trilogy (2002 – 2007). If you look at a lot of Raimi’s films, you’d swear he was shooting them in 3D, but forgot to use a 3D camera. They are all very much in-your-face, with so many objects being thrown at the camera. Swinging through New York with the webhead in 3D is the primary reason to plunk down the cash. Fortunately we’re getting a taste of that with the new Amazing Spider-Man this summer. And yes I included Spider-Man 3…despite its faults it would be a fun experience in 3D.
8. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010). After exiting the theater for this one my first thought was “Why didn’t they make this in 3D?” Because all the visuals seemed destined for the third dimension. I’d like to think the 3D would’ve offered more incentive for audiences to come flocking, making the release a success instead of falling short of the production budget. At the very least the 3D price bump would’ve had this film breaking even.
9. Wanted (2008). Like the Matrix, this one was chock-full of bullet-time effects. I’d like to think with the 3D added, you too will feel like you’re shooting the wings off a fly. This also reminds me that Angelina Jolie was the lone highlight of the Beowulf 3D release. *Sigh!*
10. Kung-Fu Hustle (2004). This one is over-the-top when it comes to action, and the use of CG to escalate many fight and action sequences was brilliant. The upgrade to 3D makes this a can’t miss film.
Honorable Mention: Fight Club, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, The Iron Giant, Men In Black, Starship Troopers, True Lies, Mission Impossible (1995), Labyrinth, Minority Report, and Star Trek (2009).
So there is now there is much speculation and rumor that Nintendo will release the console successor to the Wii as early as next year, some 3-5 years earlier than many expected. The general thinking was Nintendo would copy Sony and Microsoft’s 10-year console cycle, but it looks like Nintendo is now going to get a head-start on the competition.
The news is Nintendo will reveal the new console at E3, and it’s codename right now is Cafe. It will supposedly feature controllers with large 6″ touch screens, and the console itself will be as big as the first Xbox, with design cues that hint at the SNES.
I thought I’d throw together this concept of what I think the new console will look like. Because it is backwards-compatible with Wii, it will have a disc drive (goes against my prediction from a few months back). I also included a cartridge slot for 3DS games, as I think that might be the driving force behind the touch screens. There is no word if this console will also be 3D.
I kept the design similar to the Wii, but with nods to the SNES and DS. The iconic 4-button layout is for the power, eject, home, and controller sync functions. The ‘D-pad’ is just a light indicator for the number of controllers that are being used.
One day I will make the matching controller and possibly a few other console concepts before E3 2011 rolls around in June.
Absurd, yet hilarious! Classic 30 Rock. Probably my third favorite show, after Breaking Bad and Community.
So here are 2 ideas I actually came up with in the kitchen and use quite often:
1.- Add some frozen broccoli and/or cauliflower to the same pot of boiling water you’re cooking macaroni in for Kraft Dinner. Strain it all together and add the cheese sauce and milk. It tastes amazing. Though a handful of frozen veggies with a box of KD will turn this into 2 servings. Add a bit of extra milk and butter, as the veggies soak up the cheese mix.
2.- Add a tablespoon of vanilla ice-cream to your coffee. Not only do you add a sweetener and creamer, but it helps cool your coffee too. The flavor is as addictive as the ice-cream you add.
So not a gadget exactly. I am trying not to replicate the type of gadget right now, opting to showcase a variety of products. In the future, I will be showing ‘duplicates’ of ideas posted, meaning more alarm clocks, usb gadgets, and so forth.
Today’s item is a First-Aid kit in the guise of a video game ‘medkit’. This could either be hung on the wall in the bathroom or kitchen, serving as an emergency kit. Or it can simply be a small medicine cabinet to store all your hygiene wares by the bathroom sink. A small, compact version could be issued for use as a travel kit. Either way, you can treat yourself like you’ve been through war.
The example illustrated above is from Half Life 2. Many other games have their own unique health kits; such as Halo, Splinter Cell, Call of Duty, etc.
There might be some legal hurdles with this one…litigious people might see this as a toy inviting to toddlers, or completely overlooked in an emergency. That’s what disclaimers are for! Of all the ideas I have presented, this could very well be the cheapest – the equivalent of mass-producing lunch boxes or DVD tin cases. It’s just a fancy First-Aid box, after all.
I just landed a new job with an IP maker (a video game studio), and it is common practice that they would own any ideas or inventions I generate while in their employ.
Not that I am very guarded about what I create and showcase here. These are ideas that use existing properties like Star Wars, are not very practical, and are intended for the positive benefit of everyone – like the environmentally-themed posts.
My work situation merely translates into a low-key approach over the next few months, likely resulting in a reduced frequency of posts.
What is great however, is these ideas don’t have expiry dates, nor are they time-sensitive. If you are new to this blog, feel free to browse the archive.